Last summer, former Army Pfc. Steven D. Green was charged in the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Iraqi girl, and the murder of her mother, father and 5-year-old sister.
The incident took place on March 12, 2006. According to CNN.com, Green and four other soldiers were “drinking whiskey, playing cards and hitting golf balls when Green brought up the idea of going to a house near the checkpoint where they were stationed to rape the girl.”
Green was described as “persistent.” The other four soldiers went along with the plan.
They all changed into dark clothing and covered their faces. With one soldier posted to guard the door, the other four went in. While one or two of the other soldiers raped the teenager—their testimonies differed—the parents and the young girl were herded into a bedroom where Green shot them. He then came out, raped the teenager and shot her. Green poured kerosene on the girl’s bullet-ridden body. She was set on fire, although it is unclear who did it.
The attack was made to look like the work of Iraqi insurgents. For awhile, the soldiers got away with it. But in June, 2006, other soldiers in the unit became suspicious of the incident and told their superiors.
Green was arrested on June 30, 2006 in North Carolina, according to washingtonpost.com. He had already been honorably discharged from the Army for an unspecified “personality disorder.”
Last week, the Associated Press reported that on December 21, 2005—almost three months before the killings—Green was diagnosed as a homicidal threat by a military mental health team. Here’s what happened next, according to AP:
The treatment was several small doses of Seroquel — a drug to regulate his mood — and a directive to get some sleep, according to medical records obtained by the AP. The next day, he returned to duty in the particularly violent stretch of desert in the southern Baghdad suburbs known as the “Triangle of Death.”
No action taken
AP reports that the military mental health team had no further contact with Green until March 20, eight days after the murders. Then he was diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder and declared unfit for service. He was discharged and sent home.
So while military mental health authorities did nothing, a U.S. soldier with “homicidal ideations” committed one of the worst atrocities of the war.
It’s just another example of what can happen when authorities in a position to do something about a sociopath take no action.
For more on this case, read:
An itchy finger—Steven Green went to Iraq eager to ‘Kill ‘em all’ at msnbc.com.
When the personality disorder wears camouflage at nytimes.com. (Registration required.)
Authorities don’t get it
The reason authorities fail to take appropriate action, I suspect, is that when it comes to sociopaths, psychopaths, or antisocial personality disorder, they simply don’t get it.
They can’t imagine that the charismatic, seemingly concerned individual they are dealing with is a predator. They don’t understand what can happen when someone has absolutely no conscience. They fail to comprehend that some people who appear to be absolutely normal are, in fact, inherently evil.
Lovefraud frequently hears horror stories about authorities who don’t get it. Usually, they’re family court judges who insist on giving sociopathic parents custody or visitation, or court-appointed therapists who don’t see exactly what is sitting in front of them. The result is ex-spouses who continue to be victimized and children who are emotionally damaged.
I’m sure there are also cases in which the victims end up dead.